Designed specifically for individuals with previous healthcare experience, this course is offered using a variety of educational methods including a combination of coursework and clinical exposures.
The first two years of the course are delivered via distance education; however, students are required to attend a number of on-campus residential blocks at the Townsville campus throughout this time. The final year of this course is a full year of clinical placement (with limited residential blocks). The clinical year of the course can be undertaken either full time (1 year) or on a part time basis (over 2 years). Through this method of course delivery, it is possible for practitioners to continue in their current work setting while developing new skills.
In addition to topics in rural and remote medicine, the curriculum will include techniques in patient interviewing and record documentation; diagnostic skill development including physical examination, clinical investigation interpretation, and patient management.
Topics in adult medicine, health promotion and disease prevention across the age spectrum will also be addressed. Learning to access evidence based medical information and incorporate it as a clinical tool will be a recurrent theme throughout the course.
You need to have health related qualification (minimum Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) certificate IV)* or other qualification as approved by the Head of School, Medicine and Dentistry. You will also need a minimum of 2 years full time (or equivalent part time) work experience in a health related setting.
Successful applicants require Hepatitis B immunisation, current Queensland First Aid and CPR certificates plus a Suitability to Work with Children (Blue Card) and an Australian Federal Police check before undertaking placement. It is recommended that these requirements be completed by the end of your first semester/teaching period.